Good Morning Thursday January 11, 2007!

  1. I just KNOW it's midnight SOMEWHERE, so I thought I'd start the thread with today's WACKY WEBSITE:

    www.bulwer-lytton.com

    The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
    Where WWW means "wretched writers welcome."

    Briefly: "Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels."

    The contest is named after early 19th century novelist "Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, who was best known for perpetrating The Last Days of Pompeii, Eugene Aram, Rienzi, The Caxtons, The Coming Race, and--not least--Paul Clifford, whose famous opener has been plagiarized repeatedly by the cartoon beagle Snoopy. No less impressively, Lytton coined phrases that have become common parlance in our language: "the pen is mightier than the sword," "the great unwashed," and "the almighty dollar" (the latter from The Coming Race, now available from the Broadview Press)."


    The winners (and some of Bulwer-Lytton's own writings) are hilarious! Enjoy!

    Premium Members, come and post to your heart's content, whatever you (PG-13 and TOS-compliant) wish to post!


    Wishing you all, in some way, a better day than yesterday. D
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  2. 83 Comments

  3. by   bethin
    Uh, Di, I don't know what to say. Good morning? Good night? Or Good Mornight?

    What's the name on that calendar? Sounds interesting. I already have one that I made. It's a blank calendar and you decorate the way you want. So I do scrapbook pages of my nieces for each month. On Jan it's a pic of them at Christmas.

    Just looking at them, my heart melts, my eyes tear up and I have to smile. So many emotions wrapped up in me. I miss them so incredibly much. I'm hoping my brother will agree to some aunt Beth time on Friday evening. I miss their little hands and toes. We play a game "Who smells the worse?" We smell each others feet and make noises and faces but nobody's feet stink. And when I tickle Emma she'll yell "no aunt beth, no tickle" while she's giggling.

    Ok, I need to stop.

    But I can't. Emma will crawl in my lap and let me play with her hair. It's so soft and curly. And it always smells like a baby should - fresh and clean with a dash of innocence.

    No word yet if Kennedy has been to the specialist. For those of you who don't know, Kennedy has what looks like a thinning of the spine. But we won't have a definite diagnosis until she sees the dr.

    Sorry guys, I'm all wrapped up in my nieces.
  4. by   bethin
    Mary Ann, I know you'll read this at work, but I was wondering how things are going? I'm still praying for you. I hope that it can end and you can still be friends - if that's what you guys want.

    Darn it, I just want everyone to be happy! :spin:
  5. by   dianah
    Kids are fun, no doubt about that. They're so smart and open and innocent (yet wise) and loving and curious and funny and serious and sweet and frustrating and brave and trusting. I miss when my kids were little. I like who they've become, but I miss their little-ness. I pray for the best for your neices, Bethin (especially Kennedy).
  6. by   bethin
    Quote from dianah
    Kids are fun, no doubt about that. They're so smart and open and innocent (yet wise) and loving and curious and funny and serious and sweet and frustrating and brave and trusting. I miss when my kids were little. I like who they've become, but I miss their little-ness. I pray for the best for your neices, Bethin (especially Kennedy).

    Yep, you hit the nail on the head. That littleness is so precious to me. They way the climb up in your lap with a book (Emma doesn't go anywhere without goodnight moon). The sweet little smile when they're sleeping. The noise when they're running around yelling. I know it's a once in a lifetime moment, each day I see them.

    I don't think I mentioned the money story. My nieces and brother came over before I left for school. My nieces got in my purse and was waving money around the house. I told them they each could have a dollar to put in the piggy bank. Kennedy looks at me and says "no, ten, aunt beth, ten." She wanted to take the ten dollar bill, not the one dollar.

    Oh, and the way they giggle. :spin: :spin: :spin: :spin: :spin: Makes me so happy.
  7. by   clemmm78
    You sound like a wonderful aunt Bethin. All children should be blessed with as many peope as possible to love them. My kids are no longer little. Oldest is will be 20 in April, middle one will be 18 in a month and my baby is 15.

    One day my oldest and his gf were in the kitchen - they've been dating for almost two years now. My son did something dumb, so I turned and said, "M, I just can't wait for you to have kids!" meaning, hah, you'll know what it's like to have to put up with this silliness sometimes. Anyway, I turned, saw his gf and turned back to my son and said, "OK, let me reword this. I *can* wait until you have kids, but when you do...." It was quite funny, but maybe you had to be there.

    Ok I have a question... it's 1:15 a.m. here in Montreal and what the HECK am I doing awake one of my nights off?!?!?!?!?! I can't sleep. I did doze a bit today because my back hurt so much I had to lie down most of the time. I did go out and by a hugely expensive back cushion for my office chair. I hope more assignments come my way to pay for that thing! I don't know if my back pain is from patient lifting, from sitting while I write or both. I have a feeling that today was the worst and that all will get better soon.

    How many here have ever been to Montreal? It's a wonderful city. beautiful, full of great things to see. Unfortunately, because of our weird weather, I think our Winter Festival may be a bust, but then you never know. Montrealers can be quite resourceful.

    Youngest son has a wrestling tournament tomorrow. Maybe I'll get to go into town to watch. Then again, I really, really, really, really (enough reallys?) hate watching him wrestle. I want to run down and pull the other kid off him. LOL
  8. by   TheCommuter
    Good morning, all! :kiss

    I purchased a full-sized Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck yesterday. I am still getting accustomed to the powerful engine of this vehicle. After all, I have been driving compact and economy cars for the past 7 or 8 years, so the little 4-cylinder engines are all I know. Buying a vehicle is a big deal to me since I had my last car for 6.5 years and put 116,000 miles on it.

    Two months ago I bought a 2006 Toyota Corolla and someone wrecked it after I had only had it for 6 days. The Toyota is still in the repair shop and my rental car bill has been soaring, but now I can return the rental in the morning. The insurance company has been giving me the runaround, so I have been forced to fight back with an attorney.

    Enough of my car issues. I hope you all have a beautiful day.
  9. by   dianah
    I've never been to Montreal, Marijke. Never been to Canada. The closest I ever got was . . hmmmmm, . . . Southern Washington?? Denver, CO??? Yup. That's it. Just a sec . . let me put that on my To Do list, for after I retire and when I start traveling. THAT I would love! Visiting new places!!! (even Montreal in winter!! )

    I hope your back feels better. Do you have a thermophore you can use (or does it not help)??

    I know what you mean about the wrestling. When our kids were taking Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, I worried about them getting hurt . . . Good that he's doing something he enjoys. (not the getting hurt part, the wrestling part in general . )
  10. by   dianah
    TheCommuter, congratulations on your new purchase! We have a 4yo Expedition that I do love for several reasons (NOT gas use!!), but I so know what you mean about the LARGE-ness of the vehicle, after being used to compacts! It's nice to have that power when you need it. And the ROOM!!! WOOT!!! Carries the kids and their friends and everyone's stuff (and has a cupholder for everyone )!!!

    I'm so sorry about your ongoing insurance problems, and hope your atty can get them resolved soon (to your advantage)! AND, NO MORE RENTAL CAR!!!
  11. by   bethin
    Quote from clemmm78
    How many here have ever been to Montreal? It's a wonderful city. beautiful, full of great things to see. Unfortunately, because of our weird weather, I think our Winter Festival may be a bust, but then you never know. Montrealers can be quite resourceful.
    I haven't been but I've heard that it's like being in Europe. The archeticture is supposed to be amazing.

    I'll put it on my must see list.
  12. by   bethin
    Congrats on your purchase Commuter. I've always driven 2 door 6 cylinder cars and when I drive my dad's huge truck I can really go. I'll look down and see that I'm going 90!
  13. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from bethin
    Congrats on your purchase Commuter. I've always driven 2 door 6 cylinder cars and when I drive my dad's huge truck I can really go. I'll look down and see that I'm going 90!
    Thanks!

    I have always driven compact cars with small engines so driving a full-sized pickup truck with power is, truthfully, a very new experience for me. I am accustomed to fuel economy and a lack of engine power. Now I have a gas guzzler with a powerful engine. :uhoh21:
  14. by   compassion1
    Good morning Di, Beth, Marijke, and Thecommuter and all that follow. I agree that littles are wonderful and cuddley. Congrats on the new truck. Now You've got the power! Work day here. Then I'm off till Monday. Taking Dd to the MD, tomorrow, for her Fibromyalgia...again. The new med they gave her hasn't touched her pain. Time for something new. Well, better get a wiggle on and get out of here. You all have a God blessed day.

    PS- Beth, the Dr was cute but married. No phone# on my butt I'm afraid.
    Last edit by compassion1 on Jan 11, '07

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